Research and Innovation Management

UNIMAS Innovation, which was first known as Research and Innovation Management Centre, was established in April 2003. As UNIMAS grew in size and stature, the need to strengthen research and grants within UNIMAS gave birth to the Research and Innovation Management Centre (RIMC) on 10 January 2005. The rapid growth of UNIMAS and the importance of research and innovation for our university led to the change in RIMC’s name to UNIMAS Innovation on 1st January 2015.

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Research and Innovation Management

Biodiversity & Environmental Conservation

The Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation was set up in July 1994 as one of the founding institutions within UNIMAS with the purpose of promoting research in two niche areas-tropical biodiversity and environmental conservation.Its teaching and research programmes are structured at the masters,doctoral and postdoctoral levels.

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Biodiversity & Environmental Conservation

Borneo Studies

Institute of Borneo Studies, formerly known as Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) was established on the 1st of March 1997 at the centre of University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) in Kota Samarahan. The role of the institute is to promote research in all relevant areas to ensure deeper and holistic understanding of the socio-political dynamics of the East Asian region in the global context by taking into account the social, cultural, religious, historical, and civilizational aspects. The focus of research at IBS is the island of Borneo and Malaysia in the context of South-east Asia and East Asia a region undergoing drastic transformation as a consequence of unprecedented economic development and globalization.

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Borneo Studies

Health & Community Medicine

The Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM) was founded in 1995 with the goal of studying diseases important in the region. The Institute’s founding member and its first director, Prof. Dr. Jane Cardosa, was instrumental in building up a world class laboratory with modern facilities with highly trained staff, to facilitate top notch research capacity in the land of Hornbills. Today, the institute is home to a team of talented researchers dedicated to investigating the causes and diagnosis of viral diseases of public health importance in the region. Most importantly, we have created and continue to strengthen links within our community and have contributed significantly to health issues relevant to the people of Sarawak.

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Health & Community Medicine

Design and Innovation

The Institute of Design & Innovation (InDI) was initially known as the Institute of Design and Ergonomic Application (IDEA) which was incorporated back in October1996. In keeping with the thrust of the university of being at the forefront of innovation, it was decided that IDEA would take on a bigger role and thus was renamed as the Institute of Design & Innovation (InDI) on 1st March 2011. InDI took a major step forward in providing a platform for multidisciplinary experts from the University for a High Quality Research in design and innovation thus transforming all creative ideas into innovative products with highly marketable quality and commercialization.

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Design and Innovation

Social Informatics & Technological Innovations

Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations(ISITI), formerly known as the Centre of Excellence for Rural Informatics (CoERI) was established in April 2011 at the centre of University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) in Kota Samarahan. The Cen­tre was estab­lished given the suc­cess of our flag­ship bridging-the-digital-divide pilot project, eBario. A key focus of ISITI is to bridge the technology-people’s gap; in par­tic­u­lar, encom­pass­ing tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tions for indige­nous communities.Com­mu­nity and Insti­tute- We should pri­or­i­tize the needs of the com­mu­nity and the Insti­tute above all else, as our main pur­pose for being a part of ISITI is to serve the community.Trust- As a rela­tion­ship based on trust is the key to our suc­cess and sus­tain­abil­ity, we must con­tinue to main­tain our close ties with the com­mu­nity and build our exist­ing networks. Qual­ity- The qual­ity of our work reflects on the image of the Insti­tute there­fore we should always aim for the high­est lev­els of excel­lence in all that we do.

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Social Informatics & Technological Innovations

Renewable Energy

The Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy was established in 2009 to strengthen and rationalize the UNIMAS research, demonstration and development efforts in all renewable energy technologies. CoERE is dedicated to accelerate the deployment and grid integration of renewable energy and low carbon generation technology through the utilization of Wind, Tidal Wave, Biomass, Hydro Power, Solar PV and Solar Thermal energy. As we step into this new era, there are high technological demand for ecology, energy saving, resources, and preservation of environment. Development of technologies for alternative energy for the reduction of energy consumption is an emergent issue. CoERE is grouped into several teams which have been directing all our efforts toward helping to develop clean energy systems. We are inviting any organization to collaborate with us. We hope CoERE becomes a catalyst for our future direction on green energy development.

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Renewable Energy

Malaria Research Centre

The Malaria Research Centre (MRC) was established as one of the two Centres of Excellence by UNIMAS in January 2006. This was in recognition of the major contributions to malaria research by Prof Balbir Singh, Prof Janet Cox-Singh and co-researchers at the Malaria Research Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Their research team made a landmark discovery in 2004 that Plasmodium knowlesi, a simian malaria parasite, was causing human malaria. With funds from local and overseas funding agencies including the Wellcome Trust, they subsequently made several other key discoveries which have highlighted knowlesi malaria as a life-threatening zoonotic disease that is prevalent throughout Southeast Asia. Research at the MRC focusses on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, evolution and population genetics of P. knowlesi and other malaria parasites.

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Malaria research Centre

Image Analysis and Spatial Technologies

Centre of Excellence for Image Analysis and Spatial Technologies (IMAST) is a research and development unit under the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology (FCSIT) in Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). IMAST is a forward looking Technology center which focuses on IT software development, business strategies planning and consultancy services. We provide excellence and clients satisfy services to meet their business objectives. We strive to provide world class excellence in everything we do and provide services that enable clients to meet their business objectives. Based in Malaysia, IMAST has a wealth of experience in Image Analysis and Spatial Technologies credited with several award winning products such as Content Based Image Retrieval Algorithm.

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Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts

Sago Research

Sarawak’s sago industry has a long tradition, and has contributed significantly towards the socio-economic development of the state and country. The present state government policy has been to expand and develop the industry, in order to make sago palm as a viable alternative crop to oil palm cultivation especially on marginal land. Thus Research and Development (R&D) efforts have been aimed to improve the sago industry in Sarawak.

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Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts

Disability Studies

The Centre of Excellence for Disability Studies was established in May 2011 and is anchored at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Being the first of its kind in Malaysia, CoEDS serves as a platform for academics, practitioners, disabled persons’ organisations and civil society to advance research, practice and education on disability studies.

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Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts

Clinical Simulation Centre

The UNIMAS Clinical Simulation Centre will provide simulation-based educational programmes catering to the medical, nursing and health related educations for learners of all levels (inclusive of public programmes). A wide array of simulation modalities will be used including standardized patients, task trainers and high-fidelity simulation. The Centre are AHA Authorized Training Site which offers AHA certified courses in both healthcare and non-healthcare providers guided by a team of certified instructors. Interested parties have the opportunity to become an AHA certified provider.

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Clinical Simulation Centre